Kon Ichikawa

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James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario
Indiana University Press, May 24, 2001 - Art - 445 pages
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Kon Ichikawa has long been internationally ac-knowledged as one of the most accomplished and prolific masters of Japanese cinema, in the exalted company of Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Yasujiro Ozu. Celebrated for his many adaptations of famous Japanese novels such as Fires on the Plain, Harp of Burma, Kagi, Conflagration, and The Makioka Sisters, Ichikawa is an artist with an astounding command of many genres, forms and tones, from ferociously humanist war films to sophisticated social satires, formalist documentaries (the acclaimed Tokyo Olympiad) to extravagant period pieces (An Actor’s Revenge.)

This volume, designed to accompany a retrospective of Ichikawa’s films, spans his entire career and includes essays and commentaries by such leading scholars of Japanese cinema as Donald Richie, Tadao Sato, Max Tessier, David Desser, Linda Erlich, and Keiko McDonald. Many articles and translations were commissioned for the book, including those by Tony Rayns, Aaron Gerow, Dennis Washburn and Catherine Russell. A new career interview with critic Mark Schilling is one of several illuminating discussions with the director included in this volume. Appraisals of Ichikawa by novelist Yukio Mishima, director Yasuzo Masumura, and critic Pauline Kael round out the portrait of a director prized for his elegant compositional style, venomous wit, and unerring humanism.

Published by Cinematheque Ontario. Distributed in Canada by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Distributed outside Canada by Indiana University Press.

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Contents

Ichikawa the Innovator i
1
Blown by the Wind i
15
Kon Ichikawa
37
The Several Sides of Kon Ichikawa
53
Interview with Kon Ichikawa
69
An Interview with Kon Ichikawa
89
TADAO SATO
105
Ichikawas Hakai
141
KON ICHIKAWA
221
Ototo
237
A Record ofOtoto
243
The Reality of 1961 253
267
CinemaScope and Me
303
Ichikawa and the Wanderers
339
Adapting the 77ic Makioka Sisters
357
Space and Narrative in Tlic Makioka Sisters
373

Kon Ichikawas Enjo i 55
155
Contemporary Japan as Punishment Room
175
The Sun Tribe and Their Parents
191
The Human Cost of the Pacific War
205
Pauline Kael on Kon Ichikawa
399
Filmography
429
Text and Illustration Sources
443
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James Quandt, Senior Programmer at Cinematheque Ontario, is the editor of Robert Bresson and Shohei Imamura.